The launch of the magnifico series and other design classics from okha

 

I discovered the luxury artisanal brand OKHA  last year at Decorex International where they showcased three of their signature pieces at the Staffan Tollgard Design Group stand. You have probably read in my previous article about the launch of the OKHA  furniture collection in London
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, OKHA works hand-in-hand with some of the most talented South-African artists and artisans to create beautifully-crafted furniture and lighting, along with artisanal pieces and contemporary floor art. 
Recently, they launched the Magnifico series - a pair of tables with geometric shapes and elegant finishes, composed of a  side table and a  coffee table  which reflect the OKHA’s spirit, distinguished by craftsmanship and noble materials.

Made of Larch tree, a conifer growing mainly in Siberia and Canada's boreal forests, the table legs are over-scaled and wire-brushed to emphasise their graphic carbon stained detail. ©  Niel Vosloo

Made of Larch tree, a conifer growing mainly in Siberia and Canada's boreal forests, the table legs are over-scaled and wire-brushed to emphasise their graphic carbon stained detail. © Niel Vosloo

Verde Magnifico side table Marble top detail © Niel Vosloo

Verde Magnifico side table
Marble top detail © Niel Vosloo

Verde Magnifico side table Marble top and wire-brushed timber leg detail © Niel Vosloo

Verde Magnifico side table
Marble top and wire-brushed timber leg detail © Niel Vosloo

With tops in sumptuous South-African green marble or Mars red toned travertine and over-scaled,  Brutalist wood legs, the ‘Magnifico’ tables are bold architectural pieces with a cosmic aura. The table tops have been designed to draw attention to the mesomorphic legs of the table - deliberately exposed beyond the table top edge to create a weight pushing down effect in a playful over-exaggeration.

Magnifico coffee table with its distinctive Flame Red travertine top displaying the original sedimentary layers. © Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table with its distinctive Flame Red travertine top displaying the original sedimentary layers. © Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table © Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table
© Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table Detail © Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table Detail
© Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table and Oblique rug © Niel Vosloo

Magnifico coffee table and Oblique rug © Niel Vosloo

STM

Showcased last September at Staffan Tollgard Design Group stand during Decorex International in Syon Park, U.K., the iconic STM swivel armchair is a contemporary classic with post-modernist features which, nevertheless looks at home in the current context.
With a distinctive name which stands for SPEAK TO ME, the STM chair is the perfect balance between aesthetics and comfort. Its swivel base offers plenty of options for positioning and use and extends a subtle invitation to discovery, study and dialogue, which are customary at OKHA. 

STM swivel armchair with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

STM swivel armchair with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

The STM armchair has a solid wood frame construction and dual density foam cushion which can be upholstered in either leather or fabric. The wood frame is available in high-quality finishes such as Ash, Walnut and a wide range of Oak finishes. The swivel can be replaced by legs for a more classic look.

STM full arm with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

STM full arm with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

STM full arm with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

STM full arm with walnut frame and leather upholstery © OKHA

BIJOU Side Table

Designer Adam Court describes the BIJOU side table as “the result of a fascination with eroded stone and gem forms found in nature as with a piece of bespoke jewellery. It is a play on asymmetry, reflection and the beauty of organic form.”
As its name evokes - "bijou" means “jewel” in French, the BIJOU table is an authentic jewellery piece for interiors with a radiant reflective glow, born from the rigorous craftwork of brass and tinted glass.

BIJOU side table - solid brass legs with the upper section brushed, the lower sections fine polished.© OKHA

BIJOU side table - solid brass legs with the upper section brushed, the lower sections fine polished.© OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail © OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail © OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail © OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail © OKHA

BIJOU has two shelves. The tinted glass top shelf does not fill the entire surface, thus creating two “windows” either side, which bear a resemblance to a gemstone mounted in precious metal. Its luxurious appearance is emphasised by the bottom shelf made of polished mirror brass which reflects any object placed above.

BIJOU side table © OKHA

BIJOU side table © OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail of brass frame © OKHA

BIJOU side table, detail of brass frame © OKHA

The BIJOU side table can be custom-made in oxidised and patinated brass finishes available or mirror polished stainless steel, mirror polished solid brass base with toughened glass insert top in clear, grey or bronze tint; the glass insert can be replaced with marble or granite of choice.

The Stone Rug Collection

For its rug collection, OKHA plays around with graphic and geometric symbols depicted from tribal African art, to create a striking visual language.
 Stone Rug Collection combines six surprising designs developed around the triangle motif, with only one four-sided design named '“Traverse”. The rug is made of hand-tufted fine Himalayan wool and bamboo silk, which feels underfoot like an invitation to a voyage across the world. 

STONE #1 rug © Niel Vosloo

STONE #1 rug © Niel Vosloo

Oblique echoes the traditional motifs of isiquaza - Zulu ear plugs, and the geometric symmetry in Xhosa beadwork. The rug has six edges and is distinguished by a striking design with an oblique black stripe that divides it in two, each half being defined by triangles of sophisticated colours such as petrol blue, silver grey and mustard. 

Traditional Xhosa beadwork

Traditional Xhosa beadwork

Oblique  rug, detail © Niel Vosloo

Oblique rug, detail © Niel Vosloo

Oblique  rug © Niel Vosloo

Oblique rug © Niel Vosloo

Oblique rug & Silo Coffee Table, detail © Niel Vosloo

Oblique rug & Silo Coffee Table, detail © Niel Vosloo

 Diamond  features a symmetrical motif - two triangles bound point to point to create the shape of a cut diamond - another precious South-African symbol. Inspired by older  Ndebele paintings in muted earthy colours such as ground ochres and clays, the Diamond rugs display refined tints of baby blues, dusty pinks, reds, olive greens & greys as well as taupe.

Ndebele triangular motifs © OKHA

Ndebele triangular motifs © OKHA

Diamond  rug with Silo Coffee Table & Nicci Armchair © Niel Vosloo

Diamond rug with Silo Coffee Table & Nicci Armchair © Niel Vosloo

Diamond  rug & Silo Coffee Table © Niel Vosloo

Diamond rug & Silo Coffee Table © Niel Vosloo

Born from the keen observation of the geometry of crystals and rocks as well as referencing tribal African motifs, the Stone Rug Collection is an abstract floor art epitomising Contemporary Africa.

The OKHA furniture collection is currently available at their Cape Town showroom

109 Hatfield Street, Gardens
Cape Town, 8001
South Africa

  +27 (0)21 461 7233 | www.okha.com

and in London at the design store of Staffan Tollgard Design Group

Grosvenor Waterside, Gatliff Road
London SW1W 8QN, UK

+44 (0) 2079526070 | www.tollgard.co.uk